Urban Alchemy

Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities

Afterword by Ken Doyno
Foreword by Jean Nouvel

What if divided neighborhoods were causing public health problems? What if a new approach to planning and design could tackle both the built environment and collective well-being at the same time? What if cities could help each other?

Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, the acclaimed author of Root Shock, uses her unique perspective as a public health psychiatrist to explore and identify ways of healing social and spatial fractures simultaneously. Using the work of French urbanist Michel Cantal-Dupart and the American urban design firm Rothschild Doyno Collaborative as guides as well as urban restoration projects from France and the US as exemplary cases, Fullilove identifies nine tools that can mend our broken cities and reconnect our communities to make them whole.



Title Urban Alchemy
Subtitle Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities
Afterword by Ken Doyno
Foreword by Jean Nouvel
BISAC Subject Heading ARC000000 ARCHITECTURE
Dewey (abridged) 900-999 History, geography, (& biography)
300-399 Social sciences
BISAC Merchandising Themes List ET Cultural Heritage
TP Topical
Audience 01 General / trade
BIC time period qualifier 3J Modern period, c 1500 onwards
Credit Mindy Thompson Fullilove
Title First Published 04 June 2013
Includes Index; Bibliography; Appendices; Commentaries; Indices
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 352 p. Index . Bibliography . Appendices . Commentaries . Indices .
Product Detail Trade paperback (US)
ISBN-10 1-61332-010-8
ISBN-13 978-1-61332-010-5
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781613320105
Publication Date 04 June 2013
Publication New York, United States
Main content page count 352
Illustrations 175 Illustrations
halftones, black & white
Dimensions 6 x 9 x 0.8 in.
Weight 19.5 oz.
List Price $19.95
Format ePub
Nb of pages 352 p. Index . Bibliography . Appendices . Commentaries . Indices .
Product Detail EPUB
ISBN-10 1613320124
ISBN-13 9781613320129
Publication Date 06 April 2013
Product Content Text (eye-readable), Still images / graphics, Photographs, Maps and/or other cartographic content
Main content page count 352
Illustrations 175 Illustrations
175 illustrations, black & white
List Price $19.95





Part I: The Madness of the Sorted-Out City

Chapter 1: From Illusion to Solution
Chapter 2: Our Hearts Inspired

Part II: Align

Chapter 3: Element 1: Keep the Whole City in Mind
Chapter 4: Element 2: Find What You're FOR
Chapter 5: Element 3: Make a Mark

Part III: Create

Chapter 6: Element 4: Unpuzzle the Fractured Space
Chapter 7: Element 5: Unslum All Neighborhoods
Chapter 8: Element 6: Create Meaningful Places
Chapter 9: Element 7: Strengthen the Region

Part IV: Connect

Chapter 10: Element 8: Show Solidarity with All Life
Chapter 11: Element 9: Celebrate Your Accomplishments

Conclusion: Give Me Your Hands


Selected Publications by Rodrick Wallace and the Community Research Group

Additional Materials


Press Reviews

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sep 1, 2013
"Her (Mindy Fullilove's) baseline concern with the dignity and wisdom of individuals, as well as the absolute necessity of broad-based consensus building, puts her approach on a clear moral high ground to which every urban planner and builder ought to give greater commitment, because it's right and because it works.

- Charles Rosenblum

American Institute Of Architects' Oculus
Jan 29, 2015
The book is actually a collection of bright and joyous urban tales played out by Fullilove, an exuberant storyteller.
- Annie Coggan


Mindy Fullilove at Drexel University Health Spotlight
Drexel University School of Public Health, Nesbitt Hall, Ruth Auditorium, Corner of 33rd & Market Streets, Wednesday, October 14, 2015 12:15 PM-1:15 PM

The US is a society riven by divisions of class and race. This fracture is so significant, it destabilizes the functioning of the whole society. It is impossible to create a sustainable society without fixing the social chasms and creating solidarity within the nation and with people in other nations. Hear Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove speak on these issues. 

Mindy Fullilove Webinar: African American History for Healthcare Providers
Monday, October 19, 2015, 12pm-1pm

Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove will examine the history of the African American people, with a particular focus on the unceasing struggle for full equality. This lecture will review challenges and responses, using film, music, photographs and original documents. It will give health care providers a sound foundation for considering the structural and cultural issues African Americans face in managing excess risk for many diseases. 

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